Alsono looks for repeat performance

Steve Bortstein
For The Daily Times
Alsono, shown winning last year's Marathon Handicap under Alfredo Juarez Jr., looks to defend his title today at SunRay Park and Casino.

FARMINGTON – Alsono is looking to defend his title in Friday’s $33,900 Marathon Handicap at SunRay Park and Casino.

Trained by Justin Evans — recently crowned as the leading thoroughbred trainer for the live season at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino — Alsono won the Marathon Handicap last July, narrowly missing the course record for the 870-yard distance.Alsono, who is owned by Rachel Marzak, is the 2-to-1 morning-line favorite in the race.

A winner in three of his last five starts, Alsono is coming off a second-place finish after stablemate Redneck Humor edged him by a length in the Inaugural Handicap on April 23.

Alsono, the Kentucky-bred son of Limehouse, will break from post six in the seven-horse field.

Ry Eikleberry will be back aboard Alsono for the Marathon, which will go as the eighth race of a nine-race card. The first race of the card has a post time of 3 p.m.

Alsono has won nine times in 22 career starts and has earned more than $309,000. He also owns recent stakes wins at Albuquerque Downs and Sunland Park.

Evans will also be represented in the Marathon by Caminetto, who’s looking to end an eight-race losing streak. Caminetto has been installed as the 3-to-1 co-second choice.

Caminetto, a 7-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Stormy Atlantic, shipped to New Mexico last fall after a moderate campaign racing in southern California.

Alfredo Juarez Jr. will be aboard Caminetto and will break from post three in the Marathon, which has a scheduled post time of 5:48 p.m.

Kingsbury, from the Tony Sedillo barn, is scheduled to make his local debut in the Marathon. The New Mexico-bred son of Fdd Dynasty has hit the board in 20 of 24 career starts, including minor placings in last year's Herman Jefferson Stakes at Zia Park and the Bill Reed Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Kingsbury, also listed at 3-to-1 on the morning line, will be ridden by John Valenzuela and will break from the fourth post.

Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.